It's Friday, and you have no clue what's going on this weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We've got the best bets for the liveliest, most diverse and culturally enlightening options for weekend fun. Check out our picks of activities to hit in and around the neighborhood.
WHEN/WHERE: Friday, February 24, 2012 (One Night Only), 7:00pm - 10:00pm, the House of Art Gallery, 373 Lewis Avenue, Bklyn, NY.
WHY GO: Don’t miss an historical moment in hip hop history as the House of Art Gallery presents “The Legends of Hip-Hop Exhibition and Book Signing.” The iconic BUA will unveil for the first time in New York, paintings and one-of-a-kind hand embellished Giclee's from his highly acclaimed and best selling book The Legends of Hip Hop.
HOW MUCH: Free
WHEN/WHERE: Friday, February 24, 6:00 p.m., Von King Cultural Center, 670 LaFayette Avenue, Bklyn, NY
WHY GO: Hosted by Poet & MC Shadel "HrshReyalitee" Preddy, this is the first of many open mic nights at Von King Cultural Arts Center. This one is for performers 18 and up only. Poets, singers and MC's, the stage is yours. Keep it PG and positive folks!
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: Latin Jazz at Beso
WHEN/WHERE: Friday, February 24, 8:00 p.m., Brooklyn Beso Restaurant and Bar, 370 Lewis Avenue, Bklyn, NY
WHY GO: Join Beso for dim lights, short skirts, and a drink menu that features “The Beso,” made of raspberry vodka, cointreau, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and cava to float; “The Forbidden Dance,” made of Malibu rum, lime juice, strawberries and whipped cream; and “Mi Cielo,” a blue drink made of tequila, triple sec, lime juice and blue Curacao.
HOW MUCH: Just buy dinner or enjoy the bar!
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York (Enter from the Eastern Pkwy Entrance)
WHY GO: On behalf of NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, come watch this very special screening of a groundbreaking figure in entertainment, civil and human rights. Following the screening will be a Q & A discussion with an exciting panel, including a special guest Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def).
HOW MUCH: $20 (includes a raffle for winning two tickets to our gala in April where Harry Belafonte will be an Honorary Speaker, $500 value). Purchase tickets here.
WHAT: Brooklyn Close up at BAM
WHEN/WHERE: Monday, February 27, 7:30pm,
WHY GO: It’s a Double Feature of the movies Brooklyn Boheme (Nelson George & Diane Paragas) and She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee). There will be a Q&A Q&A with Nelson George & Diane Paragas to follow. Brooklyn Brewery will be on hand in the lobby from 6:30 to 9:30pm offering samples of BAMboozle. Try these 100% bottle re-fermented ales and pepper the brewery rep with questions and compliments.
HOW MUCH: General Admission: $12; BAM Cinema Club Members: $7; Seniors and Students, $9.